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Tips on how to use LinkedIn for your contracting services

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Social, Top Tips|

Love or loathe social media, it’s hard to ignore it. Since its launch in 2003 LinkedIn has grown to be one of the top ten biggest social media platforms – it has over 500 million global registered users with 25 million of them being in the UK. LinkedIn is slightly different to other platforms as it is primarily used for [...]

IR35 in the private sector: draft legislation announced

By |July 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Finance, News|Tags: , , , , |

Contractors’ questions on the new ‘off payroll’ working reforms are beginning to be answered, as the government announces draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2019-2020.  IR35 in the private sector, as it is commonly referred to, is due to take effect from 6th April 2020. It is important to note that this is not entirely new legislation but an extension [...]

Should IT contractors have their own website?

By |July 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Top Tips, Website|Tags: , , , , |

Research by APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies) shows that the demand for IT professionals has increased by 28% year-on-year. And our own research into contractor salaries (available in our article ‘Top paying contractor roles’) shows that IT contractors are amongst some of the highest earning contractors, with a Senior IT Manager being able to ask for £525.00 per day. [...]

How to generate leads a contractor

By |July 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Social, Top Tips, Website|Tags: , , , , |

The vast majority of contractor’s secure work through a recruitment agency as it takes the hassle out of job searching and recruiters have access to more job opportunities. Yet, by marketing your contracting business it’s possible for clients to approach you directly. The client benefits as they don’t have to pay the agency commission and you benefit as you have [...]

5 ways to increase your take-home pay 

By |July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Contracting, Finance|Tags: , , , |

One reason why people choose to become contractors is that they can have the ability to earn more than they did as an employee. This is because they can charge higher rates and if they think about how they structure their work (e.g. working through a limited company versus working through an umbrella company) they can limit the amount of [...]

Upskilling and CPD for contractors

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Contracting, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

As an independent contractor the majority of your time is spent on client work (as this is what pays the bills!) but as more people choose to become contractors (figures for 2018 show that there around 1.77 million people are working as contractors), it’s important that you keep your skills current while also planning where you want to go with [...]

Top paying contract roles

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Contracting, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

Contracting may not be for everyone but for those who are willing to fully embrace it, they can find themselves having greater control over the type of projects they work on, being able to choose which companies they work with and where, and ultimately if they structure the way they work correctly they could take home more money than they [...]

CV advice you really need as a contractor

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

According to Forbes, the average number of people who apply for a job is 118! Incredible isn’t it? While this figure may not be a true representation of every sector or specialism, it does show that competition for roles can be extremely high. The first hurdle to get over when applying for a contract role is getting your CV seen [...]

What are dividends and when can they be paid?

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Finance|Tags: , , , , , |

If you’re an independent contractor who is working through your own limited company, as well as being a director, you will also likely be a shareholder. This means you are entitled to receive dividend payments on any retained profits that are held within the company. In this article, we explain in further detail what dividend payments are, how they are [...]

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